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The Most Beautiful Towns in the United States That Feel International

Destinations like the South of France, Marrakech, and Patagonia sit at the top of many travel bucket lists. And while all of those places definitely …

Washington State

This Book From the 1930s Can Teach You How to Create a Genuinely Happy Life

This obscure author already understood the lessons of modern happiness science decades ago.<p>What is the most common regret that pains people facing the end of their lives? According to a hospice nurse who has written about her experiences providing end-of-life care, the most common regret of the …

Happiness

How Jeff Bezos makes the right decision 30 years in advance

Throughout the years, many people have doubted Jeff Bezos and Amazon.<p>He’s most famous today for being the richest person alive, and while his image in the media oscillates between both good and bad, one thing is for certain — no one doubts him anymore. Amazon is an absolute giant of a company.<p>That …

Jeff Bezos

This is why successful people are unhappy in middle age — and what to do about it

Writing a book about age and happiness brought many surprises, but none surpasses this: High-achieving professionals seem especially vulnerable to …

Happiness

Do These 3 Things and You'll Have a Happy Marriage, According to Neuroscience

Brain scans of happily married couples provide clues about making long-term relationships work.<p>What's the secret to a happy marriage or long-term relationship? Many married people believe they know. Psychologists and marriage counselors are trained to dispense expert advice. But then there's brain …

Love

7 things I do outside work that double my productivity

So you’ve put aside 60 minutes to do something meaningful. Now the next question is: What are you going to do?<p>4. Pick a hobby<p>Having a passion is …

Success

Science Explains What Happens To Your Soul After Death

<i>“I believe that consciousness, or its immediate precursor proto-consciousness, has been in the universe all along, perhaps from the big bang.” ~ Dr.</i> …

Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion

Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion.Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms.<p>Researchers around the world …

The Brain

You thought quantum mechanics was weird: check out entangled time

In the summer of 1935, the physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger engaged in a rich, multifaceted and sometimes fretful correspondence …

The idea that everything from spoons to stones is conscious is gaining academic credibility

Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it’s the foundation of the universe, present in every particle and all physical matter.<p>This sounds like easily-dismissible bunkum, but as traditional attempts to explain consciousness continue …

Consciousness

It's 2018. Here are six scientific mysteries we still haven't solved.

by Victor Tangermann January 2, 2018 Hard Science 54753<p>Humans have made a staggering amount of scientific and technological progress over the past …

Universe

How Long Does it Take to Become a Top Ranked Result on Google? (Infographic)

New data looks at the circumstances that will catapult you to the top.<p>1 min read<p>You want your company’s name to be one of the first results that they see. So what it does it take to achieve a high ranking on Google?<p>In an infographic assembled by The Website Group, a U.K.-based digital marketing …

An Internet-Famous Cookie Worthy of Baking in Real Life

Last fall, an aberrant chocolate chip cookie turned up in my Instagram feed. As wide as a salad plate and flat as a flounder, it appeared thin, but it was somehow layered with slabs of chocolate. Oddest of all, it was ringed, like a tree trunk — as if a chunk of chocolate had been dropped in the …

Dessert

Trying to Find a Healthy Diet? Look to Your Genes

The latest trend in nutrition isn't a fad diet or newly discovered supplement; it's your DNA.<p>Unlocking the secrets of one's genetic code used to be confined to the laboratory, but increasingly, the big business of DNA is now going after your eating habits.<p>Scientists already know that variations in …

Nutrition

Why Buddhism is true

Robert Wright on the wisdom of mindfulness meditation.<p>Robert Wright, the best-selling author of <i>The Moral Animal</i> and <i>The Evolution of God</i>, has written a new book titled <i>Why Buddhism is True</i><i>.</i> Don’t be put off by the audacious title, though.<p>Wright isn’t proselytizing or implying that other religions are …

Meditation

Boost Your Confidence With These 8 Simple Exercises

Confidence is essential to your success in business.<i>I’d also argue that it’s essential to success in life.</i>Confidence doesn’t compensate for a lack of …

How GE Appliances Built an Innovation Lab to Rapidly Prototype Products

Many large companies yearn to rekindle the innovative magic of entrepreneurship, but very few actually succeed. The reasons have been well documented and include:<p>Large, established companies answer to investors who value predictable, consistent financial results, and so are intolerant of the risks …

Innovation

There's even more evidence that one type of exercise is the closest thing to a miracle drug that we have

Want an all-natural way to lift your mood, improve your memory, and protect your brain against age-related cognitive decline?<p>Get moving.<p>A wealth of recent research, including a new study published this month in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, suggests that any type of exercise that raises your …

All Extremely Confident People Give Up These 13 Habits

Real confidence is built through hard work and excellent habits.<p>Real confidence is not narcissism.<p>Although the two often get confused, people with narcissistic tendencies need everyone to think that they're special. They have a need for admiration and a sense of entitlement that's rooted in …

Self-help

What to Do When a Colleague Excludes You

Seamus (not his real name) was having a rough time at work. An attorney at a large firm, he lost a big trial that the company had invested heavily in. He was relieved when the company still offered him the promotion he’d been working toward — but he then had to turn down the role because it would …

Psychology

How I launched a side hustle that earns enough to cover my mortgage payment — and requires less than 10 hours of work per week

I loaded my iPhone with apps like Evernote, Outlook, Mail, and Agenda to keep track of to-dos, appointments, and meetings. But I found myself more unfocused and lost in the swirl of life than ever.<p>I started using an old-fashioned notepad for my to-do list, and liked it. Then I started printing my …

Neuroscientists Hunt the Line Where Consciousness Begins—and Ends

Brain scan-based experiments mapping metabolism in the brain offer a new level of resolution.<p>Consciousness should be a deeply spooky thing. Or, rather, the fact that we routinely <i>lose</i> consciousness should be a deeply spooky thing. Here, at some murky threshold that we never quite see until we've …

4 Types of Meetings You Need to Cancel Now

Holding a productive meeting is an art -- one few business leaders have mastered.<p>Holding a productive meeting is an art. Unfortunately, it's one few business leaders have mastered. Instead of thinking of team meetings as exciting brainstorming sessions or collaborative ways to solve problems, …

Time Management

Why Teams Fail: The C-Word

Silicon Valley is bubbling these days. Uber recently raised $3.5B (that’s right, that’s B for Billions). Almost 60% of San Francisco’s houses are now valued above $1M (fewer than 20% were just a few years ago). And the US National Basketball (featuring major Golden State Warriors players) just came …

This 1 Morning Routine Saves Me 20 Hours a Week

The first 3 hours of your day are your most precious for maximized productivity.<p>The traditional 9-5 workday is poorly structured for high productivity. Perhaps when most work was physical labor it made sense, but not in the knowledge-working world we now live in.<p>Although this may seem obvious …

Time Management

Under pressure, Silicon Valley workers turn to LSD microdosing

It's 7am on a sunny Friday in a shared house in the sleepy San Francisco neighbourhood of Richmond. Flatmates buzz in and out of the kitchen as Lily …

Psychedelic Drugs

Here’s what your boring app would look like as a conversation

Nir Eyal Contributor<p>Nir Eyal is the author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and blogs about the psychology of products.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>3 pillars of the most successful tech products<br>• How to politely ask people to get the f*ck off their phones<p>Lakshmi Mani …

Chatbots

Intel's CEO is trying to revamp his 48-year-old company — and it’s causing a lot of anger and turmoil

The crowd was predictably hostile: Intel had just announced 12,000 job cuts, or an 11% workforce reduction, one of the largest in company history.<p>There was an air of tension as Intel didn't give any advanced notice about the layoffs, according to several employees who attended the all-hands meeting.<p>…

Street Mural of Donald Trump Kissing Vladimir Putin Goes Viral

A mural on the side of a restaurant in Lithuania has gone viral for depicting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump kissing Russian …

Donald Trump